Investigating Soil

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW)
Publication Date:2005
Summary:Students have the opportunity to take a core sample of their local soil. Using PVC piping, a section of soil is pulled up, allowing students to observe the soil's different layers. Those layers are then separated and identified. The identification process helps students understand what elements make up the ground.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS3.A; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-1; 5-ESS2-1; MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Structure and function; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; earth; earth science week; environment; environmental science; geology; middle school; minerals; rocks; soils
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